A Hymn for Preachers: Preach, Dear Men, the Word of God

This is the charge we have to keep!
To tell it strong before His sheep
And rouse the lost out of their sleep!
O preach, dear men, the Word of God!

Be ready, shepherds, to reprove
Exhort the church so it may move
To spread the truth, embraced with love!
O preach, dear men, the Word of God.

The world moves out with itching ears
That long to hear what they hold dear
And mute the Word that’s all too clear!
O preach, dear men, the Word of God!

With sober minds and patient hearts
We persevere as from the start
“Fulfill your calling — do your part!”
O preach, dear men, the Word of God!

L.M.

–Matthew R. Perry, © 2005

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